Archive for September, 2012

On-the-Job Seniors Defy Notions of “Old Age”

Most consider 65 the average retirement age, but this inspiring article we found from SeniorsForLiving.com written by Ysolt Usigan proves there are many ‘retirees’ out there who are still in the workforce, enjoying life, and thriving! In the past few decades, statistics have shown seniors are working well into their 60s and beyond. Get to know these three individuals who show no signs of stopping.

Evelyn, 84, the Energizer Bunny:

You would think her age would stop her, but Evelyn wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning to start her day. Her motivation? “I tell myself when I’m in the mirror: ‘You’re not too bad lookin’ for an old broad,” she reveals.

After 20 years of working for the Minneapolis Police Department, Evelyn now spends every weekday (except Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. organizing and putting products where they belong at a local Walmart. Evelyn calculated that she walks anywhere from 4 ½ to 5 ½ miles during a typical work day- so her job helps keep her in great shape.

After work, Evelyn says she makes a trip stop to the grocery store, puts her feet up, and relaxes with a nice cup of coffee. Will she stop working at Walmart anytime soon? She says, “No!”

Martha Jones, 83, Real Estate Maven

 She may live in a retirement community, but that doesn’t stop Martha from being a key player in the Florida real estate world! She has tried to retire three times in the past from jobs as a telephone operator, lab technician, and retail saleswoman at Sears, but she loves working.

To add to her strength, perseverance, and energy, Martha is also a cancer survivor. Her experiences and obstacles have led her to her most recent job of a real estate agent for Four Start Realty.

With her flexible schedule, Martha is able to play bridge every Monday and Friday afternoons and attend her exercise class every Tuesday and Thursday. “Too many times, when people reach an elderly age, they are viewed as useless and they start feeling unneeded,” she said. “Being needed is so important to elderly people.”

Leo Pearlstein, 89, Food Marketing Guru

Mr. Pearlstein still stays on top of his food marketing game, even at the age of 89. He usually has a typical workday starting at 8:30 a.m., where he continues to reply to emails, makes to-do lists, and meets with his team to discuss projects.

When asked why he hasn’t retired like many people of his age he says, “I love what I do. And frankly, except for collecting old cookbooks and recipes, playing drums when I can, and enjoying good music, I don’t have any major hobbies. My work is my hobby.”

This PR guru has supervised all phases of an agency’s operations and has won numerous awards for his accomplishments in marketing, PR, and merchandising.

“As long as my health is good and I enjoy what I’m doing, I don’t have any desire to retire,” he says.

As you can see, the work environment has many positive mental, emotional, and physical benefits for the aging. Encourage light work to your aging loved ones (if able) for an upbeat change of pace in their lives!

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September 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm 1 comment

“Nana technology” tools help seniors’ independence

We found a great article reported by Janet Kornblum from USA Today that introduced “nana technology”- a wave of technology being developed for older people who need varying degrees of help as they age. “Nano technology” aligns perfectly with AmeriCare Georgia’s goal of providing safe and comfortable in-home care services, as well as compliments our Life Alert Monitoring system that is already available to our clients.

Major companies such as Intel and Accenture are joining universities and research programs to develop household gadgets that will make aging in place easier. Ranging from pillboxes that remind you to take pills to robot nurses, these would be great gadgets for your aging loved ones to use in times their caregivers are not on duty or for unexpected situations.

 

Courtesy of Carle and Russell Bodoff from the Center for Aging Services Technologies are able to get a closer look at some of these fascinating developments:

  • Tracking systems: Several companies are in the process of developing tracking technologies for people who have illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease who are at risk of wandering and getting lost. The system monitors location, health and social interaction.
  • Intelligent telephones: Intel is working on a phone for people with memory problems. The phone uses caller ID to display a photo of the person calling, the relationship of the caller, and some notes about their last conversation to jog the memory.
  • “Smart pill dispensers”: These new pillboxes work with location sensors to give reminders at the appropriate place and time for medication. Users can program these boxes to flash, speak, and dispense when needed. If a dose is missed by 90 minutes, it will phone a caregiver.
  • Walking aids: Walkers are being developed that can steer away from obstacles and be retrieved by remote control. Oregon Health & Science University is also developing canes that can detect pressure or other warning sides to initiate an alarm when a person is in danger of falling.
  • Robotic Nurses: Carnegie Mellon University and Vecna Technologies of College Park are in the process of developing robots to help homecare workers lift people who cannot walk. With funding from the U.S. military, it will be able to lift and carry people with mobility impairments including injured soldiers and patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and in their homes.

   

September 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and is therefore an ideal time to provide information and increase awareness about this disease that plagues 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth-leading cause of death. Being educated about Alzheimer’s not only allows for informed decisions but also enables early identification of the disease to assist in preparation and planning.

We pulled some helpful information from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America that can provide a better look into what to expect, thoughts on managing the disease and latest research regarding treatment.

According to AFA, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells; resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. It is most common in people aged 65 and older and is not a normal part of aging.

Common warning signs that your loved one may be experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Memory loss of recent events, names, placement of objects, or other new information.
  • Confusion about time and place.
  • Abnormal struggle to complete familiar tasks such as getting dressed or brushing teeth.
  • Poor judgment when making decisions.
  • Increased suspicion, frequent mood swings, or disinterest in usual activities.

If some of these signs are present in your loved one, remember Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging and it is crucial to distinguish these common signs rather than blame them on natural forgetfulness.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and unfortunately worsens over time. Although there is no current cure, treatment for specific symptoms are available and research continues in the hope of finding a future cure.

The Alzheimer’s Association is asking for your support and “Go Purple!” throughout the month of September. You can make a difference by wearing purple on Sept. 21 and browsing their site to read diagnosis stories and sharing your own.

September 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment


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